Product Components

When an institution orders a copy of Serf, you will receive the following materials:
  • Serf classes. The server side of Serf consists of a collection of software components known as the Serf classes. When you order a copy of Serf, you will receive the Serf setup file, which automatically installs and registers all of the Serf classes onto your server.
  • Serf Web site. Serf ships with a Web site full of icons and logos for use with Serf. While you can totally customize all of these items to create your own look and feel, it is possible to use Serf as is without changing any of the icons or logos.
  • System manual. A detailed manual of operations describes how Serf works, and how to backup the database.
  • Instructor guide. An instructor guide contains a step-by-step tutorial on creating course syllabi and using the faculty side of Serf to communicate with students, review and grade assignments, and use multimedia with Serf.
  • Jumpstart pamphlet. A jumpstart pamphlet informs the students how to get started using Serf. You will receive the word processor file of the student jumpstart pamphlet. By modifying this file to suit local conditions, you can easily print an attractive jumpstart pamphlet for your students.

What will you need to provide?

The institution that installs Serf will need to provide the following items:
  • Server. The server is the computer on which Serf runs. As a .NET application, Serf will run on any server that has the .NET framework installed.
  • SQL database. The Serf database is powered by Microsoft SQL Server. Therefore, you must have Microsoft SQL Server installed on your server.
  • Serf system administrator. Someone at your institution who is familiar with Web servers will need to assume the role of Serf system administrator. While Serf is very easy to run, it doesn't run all by itself. Someone needs to be in charge of allocating resources and backing up the database. That person is known as the Serf system administrator.